this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I'd like to thank Al Borges||
I'd like to thank Al Borges for his first year, when he took control of a team whose offensive scheme was radically different than anything he'd ever run before and yet the offense ended the year with higher red zone efficiency and other metrics than RR ever managed.
I'd like to thank Al Borges for his second year, when despite all those designed QB runs finally catching up with Denard, defenses finally figuring out his arm was nothing to fear, and who knows what in terms of injuries (the pinched nerve, possible knee issue, etc) all leading to the sudden transition of Devin from WR to QB, we came close to beating a 10 win SEC outfit in a bowl game.
I'd like to thank Al Borges for the fact that we're going to a bowl these year and as bad as the offense is, I've seen worse from other offensive transitions in recent memory. As bad as the line situation is this year, I've seen offensive geniuses shit the bed to much worse degrees than this year. No one we've lost to has more than two loses and they have 5 loses total. The moments of futility suck, but so did offensive line recruiting for awhile and one of our higher ranked gets is currently a nose tackle because defensive line recruiting also sucked.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||One of the things seems to be||
One of the things seems to be he doesn't keep any kind of momentum after he beats that first block. He crushes right through the line and then he's just kind of standing there, trying to find the ball, and once he figures out that the ball carrier is headed for the edge he has to get his body back up to speed. Better vision will let him come crashing through at full speed instead of needing to pause and figure out what is going on. Lots of wasted steps there, which in some instances comes close to letting the offensive linemen pick him back up.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||The offending thing is||
The offending thing is actually something I've been pondering for awhil and it does present a problem. Least we forget, Tuley-Tillman has very displeased when a blog called him raw and basically failed to declare him the next coming of Long and Lewan.
This blog has always excelled because when recruits are covered, attempts are made to break down their game film and critique their play. Things are said like "Likely won't start until their junior at the earliest, very raw.", "Likely to be passed from behind unless he works his ass off", and other such things. If the content is going to target kids who are 15 and not used to hitting the camps and being critiqued in a such manner, we're going to tie our hands in the future in terms of analysis. Last year it was unhappiness over being called raw, this year it was being young looking, and perhaps next year someone will mad when Ace says he doesn't have the world's greatest hands and is prone to dropping balls. You're always going to have to recruits who don't like the grading they get, but at least the older ones should in theory have gotten used to it after hitting those camps and talking to coaches on their officials.
We have an admittedly small sample size here, but so far the trend line has started out in an extremely poor direction to say the least. We're not the kind of blog prone to mindlessly hailing fluff pieces, because if we were we'd all be watching Sports Center rather than hanging out here.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I went through Michigan with||
I went through Michigan with a full ride for academics and also worked 10 to 20 hours a week for General Motors. A fair number of folks in college get some or all of their college paid for with scholarships and cash a paycheck beyond that. A fair number of engineering grad students are in the same boat, tuition waiver and some kind of grant or hook up with a company that results in a stipend. I see no reason that a football player shouldn't be able to do the same. Just because a small percentage of them will go on to become wealthly in the pros is no reason to deny them money. By that logic we should go stick it harder to the Business School types since they might end up with Stephen J Ross kinds of money.
In terms of wealth on hand, I had a significantly better deal in that I went to class and cashed a check for my work. A football player goes to class, has 20 hours of official practice with the coaching staff, more voluntary practice or film study with their teammates, which is supposed to average out to around 44.8 hours per week, and they don't even get a stipend for walking around money. Heck if they chose to stay in school rather than go pro early, their wallets take a hit because they have to buy injury insurance with their own money like Lewan did.
There are a lot of services FBS programs could offer their students beside just handing them the cash (and half a million per head doesn't seem defensible) such as a living stipdent, program provided insurance for career ending injuries, a free grad degree as well as 4 years of undergrad, a trust fund of some sort, etc. Right now though players do get screwed considering the revenue stream they bring in.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Ghost is still the king.||
Ghost is still the king.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||But I'd already bulk||
But I'd already bulk ordered the popcorn for when Saban ripped his former employer to shreds...
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Next time DB is golfing with||
Next time DB is golfing with Hollis, he can slip him App State's business card.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Great's its Noon out here and||
Great's its Noon out here and now thanks to you I have to go drink or find someone I can buy a roofie off to repress my memories of Jordan Diamond. He could be playing guard right now and then move out to tackle next year like Schofield did. Gah!
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Dial 1-900-Maize-And-Blue and||
Dial 1-900-Maize-And-Blue and kick them nasty thoughts!
|1 year 43 weeks ago||That's what I fear, every||
That's what I fear, every recruiting cycle it seems we have one guy in our backyard who every analyst says is a perfect fit for Michigan and vice versa, we're in the drivers seat, and yet it never happens. I don't want McDowell being this year's winner of the Laquon Treadwell Memorial Award.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||And if they could just get it||
And if they could just get it up to positive non story like a water skiing chipmunk or something, things would be even better.
Seriously though what did they say about him? Just sophomoric ass jokes?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||As I said, ask the kid to||
As I said, ask the kid to pass a request along to the parents in your first contact package. Alternatively if directly contacting the kids is seen as unacceptable, every school in America has a public phone number and someone who answers the phone during the school day. Leave the coach a voicemail and ask him to pass it on to the parents.
In a lot of cases you don't even need to go that far, as a fair amount of the higher star ranked prospects have a Twitter or Youtube account dedicated to recruiting, which one assumes an adult is at least aware of, if not checking. Hit up that account, speak briefly with a parent, and move forward.
Again the issue comes down to the fact that Brown's standard workflow does not included "Speak with a parent or gaurdian" as a step before interviewing a 16 year old.
Which forms of social media are used and how you use them is something that is still up in the air, as some new social network comes out every six months it seems, but changes in the mechanics of contact doesn't at all influence the issue that sooner or later a parent is not going to be happy and the fact Brown doesn't attempt to speak to them as a matter of course only increases the odds of it happening sooner and more frequently.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I'm gonna go register||
I'm gonna go register ChiTownMaize just to thwart him.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I do actually.||
It's all right here. He clearly states he has not talked with a parent or coach for every interview, which in turn means that speaking with the parents is not part of the standard contact package. As for his contact method, @BBrown has a clear history of sending out Tweets in the form of "Hey X, follow back", which in turn is designed to allow for private direct messaging. No additional context is provided by Brown in the initial contact.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||One area that the board is||
One area that the board is clearly going to be divided on are the ethics of not talking to the parents in all this. I've made my view clear upthread, so clearly have a bias in favor of contacting the parents. That said, from a pragmatic viewpoint:
Let's say I'm a high schooler and I'm interview. Now I live with my mother in Michigan and my father lives in Hawaii since they divorced. I do an interview, my mother doesn't really mind, but my dad finds out and absolutely flips his lid. Maybe he does it purely out of a cynical ploy for usage in a custody battle or some other reason, at the end of the day it will still be MGoBlog didn't ask and at least one parent is pissed off and no parent approved since no one was asked. Ethics of interviewing minors aside, there is a certain cover your ass aspect of at least attempting to get approval from one parent. Better to beg forgiveness than ask permission is not always true.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||This is really what it boils||
This is really what it boils down to. Print journalism ethics first begins with question why you must interview minors. Clearly in this case, because they are potential Michigan recruits. Secondly you determine if parental (or gaurdian) consent is needed. If you determine it is not, you should leave contact information with the minor so his parents can contact you if they later object to the interview being used. I'd say that is pretty standard.
So in this day and age, personally I strongly disagree with Brown's method of going from contact to publication. There is no reason why the initial contact could not also include "Also, I want to clear it with your parents, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org." Clearly of course the kid could set up a fake email and impersonate his parents, but at least there is more of an effort to be upfront and reach out to the parents there. Here of course we enter into a slippery slope in that how much due diligence Brown has to do. The core issue though is right now he is doing nothing.
At the end of the day, tweeting kids "Hello X, follow me back" seemingly out of the blue* and dropping interviews on 16 year olds strikes me as extremely low professional standards and I'll post negative comments about it. One of the first things you normally learn in the professional world is just because you are on social media, doesn't meant professional standards are thrown out.
Ultimately that is going to happen is Brown is going to run an article and some parent is going to be pissed the fuck off by it and when that happens, if Brian thought the AD was on his ass before, he's going to wake up and find the Athletic Department so far up his ass, Dominos is opening a branch in his colon.
*There also does seem to be an element of hypocrisy here, what did Kyle Kalis and Tuley-Tillman teach us? Don't tweet recruits. Yet now a business function of the blog is doing it via a personal twitter account and lacking any sort of formal letterhead...no thank you.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||The new one is earmarked for||
The new one is earmarked for Life Sciences according to the general plan, although that could change.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||The industry is undoubtably||
The industry is undoubtably grimey, but just because MGoBlog does partake in elements of the industry doesn't mean people can't express concerns about the level at which the blog partakes in this industry. Scout, Rivals, etc do a lot of things that MGoBlog choses not to do and I don't see the issue with people on the blog expressing concern about how deep into that industry the blog staff dives.
After all, it was called the MGoCreeper Van because when TomVH started out, lots of people jokingly expressed concern about a dude driving around to various high school games for the express purpose of posting footage on the internet. Moving forward with hudl pages and all that the game has changed. That being said, it is still an ongoing discussion. Both posters and staff comment negatively on some of the offers made to 8 year olds by coaches, so it stands to reason different people would have different thresholds for where that age cut off is.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I can confirm this is||
I can confirm this is correct, a large portion of the wing on the Dental School was marked as no access when I did my orientation for Marine ROTC. However the Marines showed that area and the massive cracks because "Marines aren't pussies like those squids." Also the University never really repaired it beyond taking it to a point it wasn't condemned. Circa 2007 or so the patchwork as still visible in a number of classrooms and a couple of new cracks were coming along quite nicely.
It's ashame because the building has a lot of history, but its time has clearly come.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Yeah this is creepy, given we||
Yeah this is creepy, given we have lots of 2014 and 2015 people still out there. Well even if both those classes were full, it would be creepy given this is 2013, but a bit more understandable.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Ultimately at the start of||
Ultimately at the start of the season, most of the 'experts' were calling us an 8 or 9 win team this year due to our youth and right now the fanbase is being reminded of that. The play where Chesson failed to dominate the tiny little sub 6' corner covering him his a prime example of that youth. Senior Chesson will likely just reach over the guy, grab the ball and proceed to burn down the field for another 10 yards. Freshman Chesson doesn't jump properly and it results in an Int.
That said that throw made my happy, Chesson mistake aside, because it was one of many times that Gardner did throw to someone not named Gallon. Gardner was out of sync with a lot of those people but that can be fixed.
The second half went well and in the 4th we really did start to establish something. Fitz was running hard and the defense finally got pumped up thanks to the Morgan pick. Hopefully that will carry into the bye week and give the coaches a little something positive to work with before showing the 6 hour long clip of things that need to be corrected. I'm really hoping with 2 weeks off we can get the offensive line settled into at least mediocrity and Devin calmed down and out of the "I need to win it all by myself mode."
|1 year 44 weeks ago||This issue the higher ups who||
This issue the higher ups who looked the other way on this did so in part to protect their cash cow of a football program from any taint of a scandal. PSU struggling to make ends meet is just in that is serves as a fair warning to every other administrator in the country (and the PSU community) that the coverup only makes it worse. The message needs to be sent that a better economic result will come from coming clean and taking the initial hit. True PSU never had some kind of secret meeting where the entire Board of Trustees said 'cover this shit up', but the culture was such that a group of school leaders thought they could do just that. Ultimately that is why they pay.
Also you can't just blame sanctions. Donations to the athletic program are also down, likely because alumni are disgusted by the actions of the department, not just in the coverup but all its continued denial.
Beside, they can always melt that statue down and sell the metal.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||One of my GSI's student||
One of my GSI's student released coursework and grads I had performed on public forums and via mass email because they had an issue with me. Disclosure of grades of course falls under FERPA.
Lewis as Dean of Rackham was actually the ultimate say in punishing this grad student, but kept ducking meetings with me, I had four rescheduled and denying responsibility until a letter from an actual lawyer rolled in, coupled with an official compliant to the Department of Education. Suddenly Lewis had all the time in the world to meet with me after that and I no longer kept getting routed to other departments. For awhile they had this whole "Oh no, we don't handle that, someone else does." thing going on to ping pong me back and forth.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Whereas I personally feel||
Whereas I personally feel Lewis failed ot adequately discpline a grad student who committed a FERPA violation and I had to hire a lawyer to send a threatening letter so that Lewis would get off his ass and respond. So I'll vote a strong "Hell no" on Lewis.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I would like to see our||
I would like to see our starting tackles pulled around halftime or so and the backups (next years starters) inserted to work with interior line. Get the backups some experience and also look to the future.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Also for busy content days,||
Also for busy content days, the stock photos could be placed beneath the jump or shrunk.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Honestly I think State's||
Honestly I think State's defense is slightly overrated. They needed to bring 5 or 6 just to get pressure against USF. The Bulls burned them a few times with draws. Against better teams Narduzzi may be made to pay for that aggression with those draws and screens. State's front 4 are not as disruptive as they were in past seasons.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||That stopping Denard defense||
That stopping Denard defense comment is the key I think. Notre Dame early in the game was playing they thought Denard was still there and no one on our team could pass to save his life. They reopened with a rehash of their 2012 formations and were promptly murdered via a passing attack.
As the season goes on we'll see if coordinators we face make different choices, like not stacking 7 or 8 in the box and having the LBs play to stop the run on almost every down, and what kind of running game improvement we see at that point. So far Devin has not been a free turnover machine when pressured, so we'll see what happens next. If we seems playing to stop the pass more and we still struggle to run, my worries will increase at that point.
Funchess blocking mistakes that definitely hurt the run game. That's worrisome, but it is only his second year in the program and blocking takes time to learn (think back to Seth's work on how long it takes to prep offensive linemen to learn the blocking schemes, Funchess faces the same task to a degree).
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Well this should hopefully||
Well this should hopefully end the Sailboat Bill jokes (I have to admit, I've made a few myself). The oddly unified story I've heard is that Miles was exiled from AA by Bo for various sins beyond the whole screwing Mrs. Moeller thing, which might just be campfire gossip anyway. Which was why when coming into the 2006 season, when Carr wanted to retire and Bo was alive, no move was made to hire Miles. As the story goes, MSC felt that Bo was over reacting to some minor issues involving Miles, whereas Bo had full on excommunicated the guy. So long as Carr stayed on, MSC figured there was nothing to be gained by challenging Bo over this and let it ride coming into 2006 when Carr was making noises about retirement but people talked him into staying.
What happened in 2008 supposedly was Carr and Martin were against Miles, but MSC ordered contact to be made and since she is the ultimate boss she had to be obeyed. Martin, a multimillionaire who has conducted many business deals on tight timetables, became suddenly incompentent (strategically so one might say) with his cellphone and Carr laid the groundwork for RR (since RR had the Nehlen link and Bo liked RR's read-option, although I assume Bo must have flipped channels during defensive series). Martin 'made a mistake' and 'lost the deal', then Carr presented RR as a viable Plan B. However Carr actually had buyer's remorse due to further interactions with RR and things went to hell as we all saw.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Seems fair. As long as we||
Seems fair. As long as we keep it together the next part of the schedule is nice. Plenty of time for the interior of the line to come together and Fitz to become less ginger.
Also State is at #27, reaping of the benefit of people never watching them play and just seeing the final score on their news feed.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||The horrible offense aside,||
The horrible offense aside, the other thing this game provided us with is that MSU students are too dumb to properly take shelter during a thunderstorm.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I've always been impressed||
I've always been impressed with Guiton, he has good mobility and is a better passer than Miller.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||"Value 3 Feet". Maybe State||
"Value 3 Feet". Maybe State should aim higher than that?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Backing themselves out of FG||
Backing themselves out of FG range.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||USF is going to lose because||
USF is going to lose because of this basically, they can't take the MSU turnovers and get significant points.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Aaaah the boo birds are out||
Aaaah the boo birds are out in full force now.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Out of bounds and at least 5||
Out of bounds and at least 5 yards short of the marker, this new QB is clearly a stud.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Well that should be the game||
Well that should be the game for State right there. They can cling to an 8 point lead for the rest of the game I'm sure.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||There you USF, make those||
There you USF, make those blitzes work for you.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Wow Sparty, wow.||
Wow Sparty, wow.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||The big worry for state is||
The big worry for state is that their defense is a beast when it comes downhill, but it is so aggressive it is wide open to exploitation by more discplined teams. The defense just looks lights out because they've yet to play an offense with the skill to counter those blitzes.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||This can't their shot of||
This can't help their shot of landing Cole as a WR. I also imagine if Campbell blows up and gets better offers, he'd jump ship pretty quickly.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||So State how does it feel to||
So State how does it feel to be up by a mere one point at home, against a team that had its ass whipped by a FCS team the week before?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||He owed Tressel some favors I||
He owed Tressel some favors I assume. Just like how Carr rehired certain folks and all that.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||That was a good call to run||
That was a good call to run it with how bad the USF QB is. Better off running it to set up the easy FG than risk a turnover. 7-6 at halftime is good. Minimize your offensive risks and aim for more turnovers from State.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||The Pass interfence is nice,||
The Pass interfence is nice, but the dumb USF QB still threw into clear double coverage...
|1 year 46 weeks ago||USF's line is also godawful,||
USF's line is also godawful, they have 2 offensive linemen vs 1 defensive linemen there as the QB goes for the corner, and the QB still has to throw it away.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||State should just go buy 5||
State should just go buy 5 traffic barrels from MDot, same level of protection, but no risk of holding calls.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Also USF needs to stop with||
Also USF needs to stop with all the motion and such, their players are not skilled enough. They always tip their hand, false start, or flirt with not properly setting before the snap. Plus State is too smart to fall for that shit.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Finally USF realizes they||
Finally USF realizes they need to exploit the over aggressiveness.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Well that was the only way||
Well that was the only way they were going to score.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Aside from that run for the||
Aside from that run for the first down, it seems like State somehow figured out how to downgrade further at QB.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Sept is normally when||
Sept is normally when Scheelhaase creates false hope for Illinois.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||That was some bad decision||
That was some bad decision making by the USF QB, basically just tried to hand a Spartan the ball.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I wonder which program is||
I wonder which program is going to come along and make Narduzzi a rich man this offseason.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Western Kentucky, 5 offensive||
Western Kentucky, 5 offensive plays, 5 turnovers. Wow.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I'd imagine it is a lot||
I'd imagine it is a lot harder to write this kind of thing when you win the games and your players don't do stupid things.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||So what part of that logic||
So what part of that logic would you care to refute? It's a fairly demonstratable fact that sponsors play a big role in how organizations conduct themselves. Look at what happens when certain talk show hosts piss off large segements of society, sponsors pull ads and that talk show host is up at the podium later that week grating out an apology in hopes the money returns.
Is Michigan anywhere close to having any company or ad agency have that much control over their program? No. One noodle isn't going to do it, but I was answering a question about why people dislike the noodle and don't want it on Michigan's lawn. You never stop at one noodle and the grand you got for putting it there. You're either in or out with relation to that kind of thing. People dislike the noodle out of the belief that today it is the noodle and perhaps a decade from now, it is a lot worse. Better to bitch about the one noodle than wait until the multilevel marketing deal has been signed and the AD has millions of dollars worth of incentive to ignore alumni bitching on the subject. Or are you of the belief that Brandon is going to just take a grand for the noodle once a year, a grand for the curly fries every couple years at the Big Chill, and just leave it at that?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||While I do think that the||
While I do think that the Moeller thing was a bit shady, I do generally agree that we should strive to be Public Ivy and the AD should clearly be subdorinate to the President. After all, if Bo at the height of his power was less ethical and more focused on winning, well look what that brought Penn State. In a sense we were very lucky that Bo was so ethical and clean, overall history suggests you have at least as good of odds at getting a Yost (the whole racism thing), Paterno, Holtz (bails out before the sanctions), Saban (Ethics? The fuck are those...), or Miles (and he's off the Bo family tree, yet heavily oversigns). Obviously we all hope Hoke is of the same lineage as Bo, but I'd rather the academics have althetics by the throat and make it clear they will squeeze that trachea shut if anything shady goes on.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||The problem is once you||
The problem is once you accept cooperate sponsors as a large and public part of your revenue stream, you are giving the a certain level of control. You get used to the cash flow from said noodle and perhaps even start going out to get more deals from Kraft. At some point the future you have six noodles and a giant inflatable blue box in your yard and it looks like utter shit.
Now obviously Martin allowed ads in some areas, such as the programs, and other ADs have done the same. That being said the general consenus at Michigan was the football stadium was off limits. Brandon keeps poking at that with curly fries, noodles, etc. Martin's own ideas of how to make a buck, his cheapness and such, were more in line with Michigan tradition than Senor Curly Fry.
The other thing of course is too much usage and dependcy on advertising revenue gives the marketing companies power. They can threaten to pull ads and create budget shortfalls while you scramble for a replacement, unless you give them ground on issue (letting them bring in say noodles 2 through 6) which brings in outside influences. I prefer my outside influences to be named "Stephen J Ross and other large donors to the program".
Plus ultimately in Michigan's case, it is crass. You need money Dave? Ask the alums for donations. Martin managed to rebuild most of the campus by telling people he wanted to give the place a face lift and make it feel more collegial and he got the money for all kinds of major projects. No noodles needed. I think the issue is Dave is only planning on beeing AD for a short period of time, due to political goals, so rather than spend years to raise money for things like Martin did, Dave just goes for the quick buck of ad revenue so he can kickstart a varsity sport or something of that nature and add it to his list of accomplishments for when he runs for office.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Reading of that makes me||
Reading of that makes me think that whenever a pollster calls, a good Wolverine should swear they'd vote Brandon for Senator/Governor/President/whatever just to bouy his poll numbers and he bails. When Duderstadt is critical of you, that's a bad sign.
This should make the Presidential replacement interesting, since odds are the new President will have to stand up to Brandon, who has a power base in AA, early on.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I think they pay for it via||
I think they pay for it via the snack table behind the Law Quad after the rally.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Our military rarely clears||
Our military rarely clears stuff for civillian usage. There are some designs from WWII you still need a clearance to get the full blueprints of, in part due to paranoia and in part due to laziness. Plus even if you could get say an old F-100 Super Sabre or something of that nature, an American jet from the same era as the MiG-17, no one operates them, so good luck getting parts, whereas countries are still building new MiG-17s for sale to third world warlords. Basically anything in active use by America or our allies won't be cleared for civillian sale and good luck getting parts for anything out service.
I'll agree with the other, something from the Yankee Air Museum or Commenorative Air Force would have been better. Give me a call Brandon, maybe my wife can score us an overflight of Reaper drones or something. Actually that won't work, since the onboard computer might ID Nix as an enemy armored vehicle and launch a Hellfire.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||The Noodle||
“It’s actually kinda funny, everyone seems to be fixated on a noodle and not about a football game being played tomorrow,” he [David Ablauf] said.
Why yes Dave, no one who graduated from Michigan was ever capable of multitasking. When focusing on the noodle, I forgot what football even is. Nor could it by a sign that we're all pretty confident we will destroy CMU and this we can focus on things like "Why the hell are there ads in our stadium? We told you no ads in the damn stadium."
It's as if they assume the entire fanbase are morons with the attention spans of fruit flies, as opposed to alums of a top tier school.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||What does Bacon see as the||
What does Bacon see as the different sides in this issue and how did he go about interviewing?
The genesis behind this somewhat loaded question is that I felt 3 and Out really suffered from being more of a "Bacon hangs out with RR" type of book, as opposed a definitive history of era. When Carr wouldn't comment, Bacon just left it at that and ignored one of the main actors in the saga. So I'm curious as to the methodology here before I consume.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I would definitely like to||
I would definitely like to see the above asked just to hear Bacon's answer. As long as we provide at least 4 years on scholarship, what is the harm? After all during my college career I often made choices to say spend more time on a computer science project and half ass one of my cognate projects or an elective because I knew career wise it was more important for more career to have projects I could use to land internships, build my CV, etc.
So isn't it in the interest of the players, at least ones with NFL potential, to play in a system dedicated to advancing their careers and rewards them for the money they bring in. Namely I'm not exactly sure how this is the soul of just college althletics, these days most bachelors and master level degrees are professional degrees, where you get paid internships over the summer, maybe even make some money doing 10 hours a week for a company during the school year etc. I see athletics more as lagging behind the rest of the school in this area. The average Michigan student had figured out that they are in demand and can make money while obtaining a degree and athletics needs to catch up.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||The problem I see with that||
The problem I see with that is you have a lot of depth at some spots. For example if Michigan had Cam Gordon flop, we could just pop in Beyer under Gordon could come in, and once Ryan is healthy we'd be three deep there. Same with the DTs, heck you rotate them out for a series anyways so they can get a break, so just have them flop when break time comes around. I'd imagine Alabama or someone with an even better depth chart can go up to 4 deep at some spots.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Perhaps that is merely one of||
Perhaps that is merely one of the levels. First level is nothing is said about your injuries, the second level is requests for information, and level three is you get yourself a NCAA assigned doctor who calls bullshit on all the flopping. You move from the second level to third level if you end up submitting lots of shady looking paperwork. Of course that would require the NCAA enforcement guys to have some teeth, so that won't ever happen.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I think Fitz either needs to||
I think Fitz either needs to win his division at the least in the next few years or he is going to have a meltdown. He's a competitive guy and it looks like he's not happy with having Northwestern in the top 4 for the conference (which is really quite an achievement). It seems like he wants to replicate Stanford or bust, and his bust might be an epic meltdown when the stress gets him.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||First I think it cuts both||
First I think it cuts both ways. For example the head of the NFL refs made it clear to Kelly won't be able to dictate the speed of the game to the refs like he did in college. If one guy is actually pressuring the refs into doing things at an abnormal pace, flopping to counter becomes a bit more understandable. One guy is messing with the refs to set tempo, another guy is just messing with player injuries. The big difference is we are fans always see the fake injury, whereas you don't always see the coach putting pressure on the ref.
The big problem is any kind of immediate subjective penalty will have a chilling effect on the willingess of players to indicate they are injured and want to be pulled out. For the minor stuff they'll fear getting their team in trouble and stay in, risking further injury. So I would definitely be against any kind of immediate penalty to the player (longer sit out time) or flag against the team. Rather I'd say tape should be reviewed (along with perhaps the actual medical status of the player) and practice hours or recruit contact hours reduced based on the flops recorded.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Notre Dame has no real||
Notre Dame has no real meaning for us this year beside the rivalry and serving as an early barometer for how games against ranked teams go. They lack the power to haunt us or decide our fate, conference play will decide the latter.
Frankly we could lose to ND due to freshmen (redshirt and true) being freshmen and still be fine since our conference schedule is backloaded. Obviously you play to win, but this game really on matters because of "To Hell with Notre Dame."
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Well watching Sparty play||
Well watching Sparty play makes me feel less doom and gloom about the ratings handed out in the safety preview.
Also be interesting to see how our offensive line handles all those interior blitzes.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Dantonio seems to regret not||
Dantonio seems to regret not pulling a Bielma when his stock was higher...
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Why must you give them these||
Why must you give them these ideas?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I think we enter the 4th on||
I think we enter the 4th on pace for that kind of win, but somewhere in the late 3rd or early 4th quarter, Mattison rotates in all the younger guys on the depth chart and CMU finds the endzone once.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I think the headline only||
I think the headline only asks half the question. I'd argue that no huddle coupled with scripted plays/not giving the QB a lot of options to audible does reflect sizable coaching ego. Cubit also has a bit of a point about coaches doing it purely for stats. If you're a coach under fire or a less talented coach (Cubit would play many of them in his career) you might do it not for ego, but simply because you a want a stat that will get you noticed, save your job. Assuming you can't get the wins for whatever reason, a valid fallback is to try to excel on one side of the ball that gives you a bargaining chip come the offseason and the coaching carousel (something to the tune of "Hey, I'm an offensively minded coach and my offense kicks ass, I just need money for a new DC, don't fire me Mr. Athletic Director!").
|1 year 49 weeks ago||The programmer who invented||
The programmer who invented Excel should be taken out back and shot. All Excel does is turn into a poor man's version of a relational database with all kinds of fragile macros that eventually breaks and becomes a major headache for the programmers to fix. At least with MS Access I can dump it to MySQL or Postgre. With MS Office's XML from Hell, urgh.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||It extends down to form an||
It extends down to form an overpass over the railroad.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||A Michigan Man does not turn||
A Michigan Man does not turn the ball over, so that removes the fumble option. A Michigan Man also only grudgingly resorts to the forward pass and would never stoop so low as to employ a perfectly capable run blocker as a reciever.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Caleb Stacey is currently||
Caleb Stacey is currently playing for the College of Mount Saint Joseph Lions (Champions Representing the State of Cincinnati*), after apparently only making it through only one day of summer sessions at Cincy.
*Yes I'm aware that is not a state, their coach isn't though, watch the banner on the top of his page.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||We'd also get to look forward||
We'd also get to look forward to Rhett Rodriguez in 2017. What were fools we were to miss that boat.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||I think the decision not to||
I think the decision not to burn the Kalis redshirt last year was the smart one. Even if you toss in Kalis, you still have significant issues with the other guard and the center. Better to try to coach up some kind of chemistry with what you have than committing your top recruits in a scattergun style. You run the risk of Kalis getting frustrated and 2013 being the year the coaches struggle to correct mental issues that evolved during 2012 as opposed to his breakout year.
What is interesting this year is if you burn the Kugler redshirt or that of another interior linemen should one of Braden, Miller, Kalis struggle. If the other two play well, replacing the third might be worth it.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Penn State's fanbase has been||
Penn State's fanbase has been pissed off ever since they joined the B1G and instead of Paterno becoming the third great name in B1G coaching, Paterno became the guy who struggled to get by Iowa every year.
So whenever some slight comes up, that one second Carr had put on the clock (never mind Paterno had two seconds put on early in the game), the fact we took Douglas and Wangler from them, etc, they'll nurse that grudge for years. Plus of course post giant child rape coverup, they're extra bitchy. Frankly right now there don't seem to be too many rational PSU fans out there, the sane ones are lying low for obvious reasons, leaving the crazies to have a nice echo chamber.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||When you lack a soul due to||
When you lack a soul due to Gingerness you are always aware of that fact!
It always sucks when the interracial marriages don't work out, I've know a lot of people whose relationship just stalled out and died because of the families. On the bright side you have a good story for "The one that got away." My one that got away from high school currently has three kids with two different guys and I'm wondering what the hell I was thinking to ever pursue her, I must have been a moron or something.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||This of course was all||
This of course was all possible because of Six-Zero and the effort he put into this, not just the questions but also cleaning up my prose. I shot him my answers the day after I pushed out journal articles, so the writing center of my brain was dead. We should all thank him for the editting he did to turn my answers into English.
Before the band plays me off, I also want to thank everyone who actually reads what I write, comments on, it and course encourages me to keep producing. If it wasn't for you guys, I'd have to go pay for a therapist (who am I kidding, I'd just drink more). It really is nice though to have your writing hobby well recieved.
As an interesting sidenote, it turns out that Six-Zero lives under 45 minutes or so from my hometown. It's a small world and perhaps that helps explain why we're on the same wavelength. When you spend time in Central PA with all its oddities, Amish, and socialist liquor control laws (PA's unofficial motto is: The weirdest liquor laws east of Utah.) maybe your brain changes somehow.
Six Zero, thanks for all the encouragement about my writing and the kind words in this piece as well. Hopefully someday I'll deliver on that E-Book. When I'm a famous author I'll hire you to brand my website (actually since I'm a backend programmer, I'll write the website and then give you a gaint flaming pile of shit to style with CSS, hope ya like frames buddy!).
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Ha, well once I have vacation||
Ha, well once I have vacation days at the new job safely in the bank, I'll be back for football games and such. I believe I have your email on file, so we can get shitfaced before giving Dave Brandon a kidney and a lung each for tickets (if Dave is getting an organ, I'm trashing it first with shots).
Lil Sis is pretty difficult to contain, I feel sorry for whoever her boyfriend(s) are, as she tends to leave them with an empty wallet and broken hearted. So a bunch of our future Wolverines likely dodged a bullet right there.
As for looking stern, I always remember one of those old, rich, blue hairs who yelled "Down in front" at me during a game, he's the guy I picture in my head when I stare angrily at Michigan employees or people at the DMV. I have a special hatred for the Sec of State folks who apparently think their ability to renew vehicle registrations always them to comment on US Immigration Policy. Argh! It really is amazing how much harder it is to get shit done if you're not white somedays.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||You're welcome man. I don't||
You're welcome man. I don't who I'll ask about the electricals system at my new residence since I doubt you design West Coast systems.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Does flipping an email into||
Does flipping an email into the general address for the blog still get to, or not anymore since you lack super powers?
The only FPS I play, and poorly, is Counterstrike Source. I used to play more in high school, but I've never had the fast twitch reflexes to go beyond being 1:1 with Kill to Death. Back in the day I was surgical with the AUG, but that was back in the day. I normally go for the suicide bomber thing, 'nade out, pull the pin, and rush through the door so the rest of the team gets to see what is on the other side before I die and hopefully take one with me.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Actually we can, all the mod||
Actually we can, all the mod boxes are stacked up under the first post. So if I count how many posts down you are, I mod up everyone until I get to yours and then flamebait you. Or go pop up debug mode on Chrome and do it via the console.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Ah, so kakusei will be fine||
Ah, so kakusei will be fine next year.
kakusei, just to explain the processs a little more clearly, the normal sale for football tickets is in the spring (there will be emails and such, along with dates listed on MGoBlue). You buy the tickets then. After that sale ends, the athletic department starts selling out the rest of the space to non students. I've seen the student section expand and contract across sections over the years, as they honor every order placed in the spring, but now you're SOL since all the seats have likely been sold. You're basically hoping someone doesn't pick up their student tickets for whatever reason (they decided to go to another school, they screwed up and are no longer eligible for admission, etc).
Don't bank on that, buy an entire season early (some other people have mentioned groups on Facebook). You'll get a better price if you go in early and offer someone a quick deal to resell all of their tickets in one transaction.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Your problem is the late||
Your problem is the late admission, student tickets were sold back in the Spring. I would assume there is a 90+% chance you will not get off the waitlist. Reach out to the secondary market and attempt to buy an entire pack of student tickets off someone, lots of people buy them just to resell. You'll have to pay significantly over face for the tOSU game, but that is life. Get in early and aim for the entire season and buy the entire year, since if both Michigan and tOSU have good seasons, the price for that will skyrocket.
You'll be able to buy tickets with everyone else in the spring next year and be garaunteed a spot, unless the law school is somehow different from everyone else.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Really Cass Tech is awesome||
Really Cass Tech is awesome because it is the Costco of depth for the defensive backs. Show up and leave with a trunk full of them (and with them all being so small, you can get a lot in).
If terms of success, I'd say Gordon has been valuable, Jenkins-Stone did the normal freshman debut on special teams and appears to have some long term value, while Hill and Lewis strike me as having potential. Everyone else just goes in the "nice to have around when someone goes 4 or 5 wide against you" bin.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Plus honestly with the amount||
Plus honestly with the amount of talent Michigan produces, having large recruiting classes of mostly in state guys simply cannot be a good sign. We're not Ohio or Texas in terms of instate talent production.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||It seems way too early to get||
It seems way too early to get worked up about 2015 for MSU. Everyone was wringing their hands over Marshall and all his visits to East Lansing, yet now he appears to be a solid verbal to Michigan. MSU thought they were locked in with Pittman ( an Ohio native) who flipped to tOSU (and is now at Akron fyi).
MSU is the kind of school you jump in on early so you have a safe school and then when you blow up at camp and getting an invite to The Opening, you decommit and move on up in the world. It's also the kind of place other coaches go raid when they strike out on a bigger name and need someone. If it is summer of 2014 and MSU still has a lock on a number of big names, then I'll take note.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Personally I'm not sold on||
Personally I'm not sold on Hoke's statement he totally refrains from it. Some areas of technology you clearly have to embrace because the recruits use them or they're just all pervavise. I'd bet Hoke overstates how much he refrains.
That being said, I'd assume that nothing good comes of checking the blogs midseason. All it serves to do is potentially introduce self doubt or anger at the stupid fans. If you lose a game, you get feedback from your peers, not angry dudes on a board.
(I also hope, no offense to the data guys, that the stuff we do looks like childsplay compared to what a full support staff at Michigan can put out.)
|1 year 51 weeks ago||In addition to the medical||
In addition to the medical comment about, tOSU is also an extremely well funded top end Tier 2 program overall. They hire in a steady stream of recent Michigan PhDs who launch their career and research project based on the support tOSU can provide. Lots of talented PhDs who couldn't get a Tier 1 job for whatever reason (lack of jobs these days mostly) end up at tOSU and go on to big things. With the work Gee has done for their endowment and the research projects started thanks to that, expect them to move from middle of the pack in the CIC academic rankings to upper third at some point. They won't be passing Chicago, Northwestern, or Michigan anytime this century, but they'll get up into the Top 50 and establish themselves as a couple steps ahead of the conference bottom feeders.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I'd say at the very least||
I'd say at the very least even odds it has a single tailpipe and a V6. If someone had the money to pimp a V8 Mustang, odds are it would have come from the factory with a Cobra or a Mach 1 logo on it. Or at the very least the California Special appearance package.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||No, what we learned was there||
No, what we learned was there were a lot of pedestrians walking around who got in Coach Carr's way with their jaywalking and such!
|1 year 51 weeks ago||You guys are all short||
You guys are all short changing the X-47B and the other fine drones out there. Hard to launch strike fighters at our carriers after the swarm of stealth flying wing drones has cratered all your airfields.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Honestly when you get right||
Honestly when you get right down to it, in terms of faculty development and research. Ohio State is a Tier 2 school as a whole. A high end one with lots of funding, but they're not Tier 1. tOSU is lucky that Gee's foot in mouth disease ensured him a short term stay at Brown, because the man fundraises like a Tier 1 president. I'm not surprised it took multiple screwups on his part to earn early retirement and that he's sitting on a very sweet contract.
We're a solid Tier 1 program and we lost Bollinger to the Ivy League and multiple people took a run at Mary Sue. I'm sure there were lots of other programs out there willing to deal with the occasional Gee faux pas in exchange for that kind of fundraising. I bet everytime someone took at a run at him he got another set of perks from tOSU, supposedly they were also paying a number of his personal expenses.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I think one of the local||
I think one of the local dealers donates them. It's white late model Tahoe central in front of Crisler as well, with everyone but Beilein having one. You see the occasional other largeish Chevy SUV as well. Beilein has a Lincoln Navigator. I also they also all have personal cars as well, otherwise it means K Arico Barnes lived there for a 5 day stretch because her SUV never moved (or she shows up every day and parked it on the same angle).
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Yeah, that story would hold a||
Yeah, that story would hold a lot of more water if M-Den, the Athletic Department's official sponsor, hadn't already repurposed the seat cushion over to kneeling/garden cushion on there site. They didn't do that update for the hell of it.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||If we went up with say the||
If we went up with say the 2008 Football season vs the RR Experiment for our national championship, I wonder how that plays out? They're just different shades of the same color.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Yup, stupid Google Sat View||
Yup, stupid Google Sat View killed that legend off. We could rennovate it to make it look like a molar though.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Yup a bear that is pissed off||
Yup a bear that is pissed off because it applied suntan lotion improperly and now has weird tan lines on its head.
Also shall we accuse the OP of doing some stealth market research by leaking an early draft?
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Move the entire blog onto a||
Move the entire blog onto a DJango or maybe a Ruby on Rails CMS platform. Bring back the old voting system.
Use some of my money to establish a server farm in some other country that doesn't respect DMCA and host football videos there.
Introduce a forum preview that showed tags, at least the tag as to which sport the topic is about.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||If you get the||
If you get the posbang/negbang back, it works better than having an OT board. The crap OT is punished with a negbombing and then removed by a mod once the tribe has spoken.
Having a dedicated OT board is like creating a space for mediocrity to flourish.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I'd love to have him in the||
I'd love to have him in the boat simply to remove any concern over him being the winner of this year's Treadwell Award.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||ND is off the schedule,||
ND is off the schedule, hopefully forever, so we can just do home and homes with various programs. Also we were able to get Utah to visit and not have to visit in return, so you can get midrange teams sometimes.
Personally I think we should invite SDSU out and let them collect some money to help their program out. I'd even be willing to go for a return visit to some larger West Coast stadium so the West Coast fanbase could see Michigan do something other than die horrible deaths in the Rose Bowl on NYD.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I'd prefer that MSU remain a||
I'd prefer that MSU remain a day game. It leads to the easiest transit arrangements, namely avoiding the need for a hotel, for the Michiganders who attend the game at either stadium. If the game was wrapping up at say 10 pm, it would be hard for people not to drive home. Figure you'd be at your car and clear of in town gameday traffic by say midnight if you're lucky, and then you have a possible multiple hour drive home, at which point you might as well bite the bullet and give some hotel some money. Whereas a noon kickoff means in the car at ~7:30 am if you want some time to tailgate before the game, grab dinner post game, and home before midnight.
I'd prefer no night games myself, as it makes for easier regional travel in general. Although I bet the West Coast alums who wake up at 9 am to catch a noon game might beg to differ.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||In general ESPN seems fairly||
In general ESPN seems fairly forgiving of techinque in high school linemen and ranks primarily on potential physical tools, Bushel-Beatty has the frame. They did the same thing with Tuley-Tillman, basically assume he'd end up in perfect shape.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Mine has some wear around the||
Mine has some wear around the edges and a few pages have odd little creases in them that run top to bottom. Also the ones I saw on display at UGP had covers with lots of wear on the edge.
Nothing to the point I'd go write angry letters to Seth, but I was left with the impression whoever is printing these is having growing pains, which is expected HTTV is with some small time outfit after Maple Street went out of business.
|2 years 4 days ago||You really underestimate the||
You really underestimate the issue of the fact the area where the WR has advantage over the DB is controlled by the WR's size. When you have an elite 6' DB vs Braylon, odds are you can still except Braylon to have some success with a jump ball (at the very least he'll bat it away and prevent the INT). Whereas with a shorter WR, that whole option is just off the table. The height of the WR is narrowing your window. The classic example is if you face a short WR, on defense is stick one guy underneath to force the QB to throw it higher (so as to avoid the LB tipping or picking the ball), this makes the catch that much harder. Odds are a 5' 7" will now be reaching upwards for the ball and that gives the 6'+ DB an advantage. This is why short guys work the best when you have other big targets drawing the attention away from them, instead of drawing the double coverage.
Also when you have someone like Calvin Johnson, he has the wingspan to grab anything an area roughly the size of a two car garage door. So if the DB is even a bit behind that opens up a large window for the QB. With a shorter guy, the wingspan opens up a smaller window, which in turn is easier for the DB to slam shut.
End of the day we need a talented big guy who can work against boundary corners and make them pay for even minor mistakes. I am extremely skeptical of Dileo and Gallon's ability to make large and talented DBs pay for minor mistakes.
|2 years 4 days ago||The problem is that a lot of||
The problem is that a lot of Dileo and Gallon's success comes from successful use of the cloaking device. When you face competent secondaries that don't fall for that, you need someone beyond your TE who can has a shot at physically outplaying the guy covering him.
|2 years 4 days ago||The charts cover for the fact||
The charts cover for the fact he called Omaneh a stud, despite Omaneh's issues with pulling, and has no idea about the recieving corps, namely who the deep threats will likely be.
|2 years 5 days ago||Studio/Dream was an off||
Studio/Dream was an off campus night club across from the AATA terminal, right beside the giant 4th and William Structure. It had a number of unsavory incidents, including someone getting stabbed while waiting in line and at least one occurence of gunfire. I think Studio came first and eventually pressure from the City Council and AAPD made them close after some failed reform attempts. Then Dream came along and opened in the same spot, but it turned out to involve some of the older Studio owners operating under a new name and the same shady nature. Some more incidents (I forget if the line stabbing was when it Studio or Dream).
I think the NYPD salad bar thing was back when NPYD had a second place under UTower. That was a long time ago, as in years, after they moved out, two different Asian restaraunts have opened and failed in the same location. The South U location had a decent buffet, but I don't think I've ever seen a salad bar at the first NYPD.
|2 years 5 days ago||According to the author's bio||
According to the author's bio she's a PSU student. I guess 25 GIFS about popular activties in Happy Valley couldn't make it past the editors for some reason or another. Plus I feel like one of our Greeks would have mentioned Ricks at least one.
Beyond that, she claims that Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the world, we're #3. India has a cricket stadium ahead of us as is North Korea's main stadium for communistic raillies.
|2 years 5 days ago||Perhaps you knew it as||
Perhaps you knew it as Scorekeepers, over on Maynard. When I was an undergrad it was popular because they accepted fake IDs, no matter how poorly done. It was 19 year old central.
|2 years 5 days ago||Hmmm||
Either Skeeps has really improved since my undergrad days or this article was written by someone who needs to graduate to a better class of bar.
Regarding #25, only a fool doesn't know how to work AATA, the Blue Buses, and SafeRide to ensure they can roll around hammered at all times and never DUI. Beside even if you're sober, parking around campus is tight and one of those aforementioned girls from Long Island is going to screw up parking her Land Rover and whack you sooner or later. It's only a matter of time.
|2 years 5 days ago||Cuts both ways, Klein also||
Cuts both ways, Klein also had the domestic violence charges against him dropped.
|2 years 6 days ago||I've always suspected schools||
I've always suspected schools like Indiana and Illinois rely heavily on Stockholm Syndrome to retain their recruits. After all to most people, losing one 1 of eligiblity sounds like a fair price out escape either program.
|2 years 1 week ago||Meanwhile in the boxes||
|2 years 1 week ago||You can also exile Rutgers||
You can also exile Rutgers and Maryland to C-USA!
|2 years 1 week ago||Empty threats are empty.||
Empty threats are empty. What the NCAA just likely doesn't want is some kind of active contract with EA that O'Bannon can point to. The NCAA is just posturing and acting like they'll cut off the revenue stream as a way of making it so O'Bannon gets nothing even if he wins. In reality, there is too much money on the table and if O'Bannon wins, some kind of structure will be worked out where the NCAA (or conferences or some other group of the schools), some players association type of thing, and EA all get a cut of the action.
Kind of makes sense. If you think O'Bannon is going to win (at least on some points), no sense in signing something with EA that the courts will just rip up in six months anyway. Big impact is likely that NCAA '15 will be a quickly updated version of NCAA '15, as EA might freeze development until the whole thing is settled and EA can project its revenes under the new system. Might mean a buggy product on release day for the next gen consoles.
|2 years 1 week ago||I haven't for the UM Hospital||
I haven't for the UM Hospital in years and I still get friendly little HIPAA reminder emails that basically boil down to "The Feds will track your ass down."
|2 years 1 week ago||Whoops, I need my damn||
Whoops, I need my damn caffiene, former rather than latter, derp.
Yeah, Lewan graded out as servicable in my mind after his freshman year. I'm actually kind of excepting Kalis to be the second coming of Lewan, with the personal fouls that kill drives here or there. Physical specimen that doesn't quite know where to dial the aggression in.
|2 years 1 week ago||I'll also bet all three||
I'll also bet all three members of that trio were much better when they were redshirt juniors. Also OP, I think you misunderstand some of the concern. I agree it is completely possible to have extremely capable RS or true freshman lineman (Lewan as an example of the latter). However no one is doubting that a couple of our RS lineman (namely Kalis) can overachieve and be dominate forces. The skepticism is centered around a belief that all of them can, as Seth showed in a Hokepoints, it takes until the third year for 80% of your offensive line class to be ready to go. So if Kalis and Braden are starting, and one of them has an injury or has to miss a series, we're skeptical that a replacement of equal quality can be obtained from the remaining pool of linemen.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Actually dirty regimes are||
Actually dirty regimes are somewhat rare I think. This comes more into play when one team is physically overmatched and is amoral enough to attempt to pull out a victory via hacking at people's ACLs and shit like that. Or when one team has a really talented player and it is worth a personal foul or two to attempt to knock that player out of the game or at least get in his head.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||This seems dumb. Just||
This seems dumb. Just introduce the concept that your are ejected after X personal fouls, or Y unnecessary roughness calls, with automatic multigame suspensions for repeat offenders. Even if you aren't targetting, you deserve the ejection just for being such a sloppy player.
Then if coaches start platooning their guys to get more fouls in, just introduce the concept of team foul trouble, say after some number of total fouls in a game, your personal fouls become 25 yards and loss of down (or auto first down if you are on defense).
|2 years 2 weeks ago||I feel like it is a||
I feel like it is a requirement you go to Pizza House on your first visit. After living here for a decade, you'll have gone there so many times you're sick of it, but hey get the cycle started.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Also looks like a long break||
Also looks like a long break from Nebraska, so just about the time I get used to playing Wisconsin, I have to go figure out what a Cornhusker is again.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Reading over the list, a||
Reading over the list, a smart manager could have easily picked up killer offensive and defensive lines first, which are what truly dominate in college. Long, Hutchinson, Molk, and Lewan on the same line is easy to do, then just get another guard as desired. On defense Mike Martin didn't go until Round 18, so lots of talent there.
The only real price you pay is missing out on Woodson and Braylon by doing your lines first. After that round out your defense. Take the offense later because you're garaunteed to have Navarre, Arrington, Avant, Askew, and Perry to pick up and base your offense round.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||I'm surprised that Henne was||
I'm surprised that Henne was the fourth quarterback off the board. RoboHenne over Brady in college without a doubt. In the pros, Brady without a doubt.
Also the lack of Chris Perry is a bit surprising. He still holds some records here.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||I'd definitely agree. I was||
I'd definitely agree. I was close to some people in the program during the Carr to RR transition. Some of them said the things that Bacon eventually published, but many also had credible sounding other sides of the story. I was definitely dissappointed that Bacon's book mostly told one side of the story and as such is only part of a definitive account of that era as opposed to the definitive account.
I realize Carr wasn't talking and likely never will (not surprising), but even on the board we had a lot of people who could provide views from the 'Carr camp'/'anti-RR camp'/'whatever you want to call it camp' and that led to some really informative (and intense) discussions on the boards. Bacon should have gone out and interviewed enough people to accurately portray all the forces at play surrounding RichRod as opposed to just saying "Carr won't comment and Moeller won't say anything really substantive, so I'll only tell you what I learned while embedded with RR." We might have come out looking worse, but at least we'd be closer to having a formal account of that era.
Also the writing style actually felt lower level than many things I read on the board. Although I suppose his publisher wanted that since the average person reads on a low level, if they can get them to read a book at all.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Personally I enjoy the fact||
Personally I enjoy the fact the Athletic Department has the money to buy a small or moderate sized country (possibly more if they work the donors hard, be afraid Canada).
As long as we abstain from crass money grabs or other signs of being noveau rich and maintain the proper old money attitude, it's all good. Old Money for example does not allow a dude in a curly fries suit to attend their event. By the way, to any Arby executives reading this, the fact it was near impossible to get certain types of Michigan gear with your damn hat on it has ensured I will go a gas station and live off beef jerky, bottled water, and candy bars rather than ever giving you another dollar.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||We're definitely still at the||
We're definitely still at the point where an injury or two to a posistion we don't have much depth results is bad. A key guy missing a quarter could result in a loss, a long term injury and suddenly 7 or 8 wins is a real possibility.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Well see the way it works, is||
Well see the way it works, is when your coach takes on an at risk kid who fails to turn his life around, your coach is still a good person for giving that kid a chance. When the opposing coach does it and it turns out poorly, it seems hypocritical to rip them to shreds.
I'm not really seeing evidence that a program that encouraged law breaking was run. 31 arrests over 5 years is data without context. Without football and the structure it brought, perhaps twice as many would have been arrested. Perhaps Meyer wasn't the greatest role model in the world and ran a loose ship, but it seems like the media is taking this too far unless they've managed to dig up something juicy.
Plus someone actually died here, using it to score moral highground points off a rival seems rather tasteless.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Madden 2008, the last Madden||
Madden 2008, the last Madden made for PC is where it is all at. Get one of the CD Free ways to play it (copy your disc and store it as an ISO), stick it on your laptop, and you have the perfect game for when you need to kill some time in a waiting room. Plus with the keyboard it is much easier to edit the Lions to be the All Michigan Dream team and embark upon a reign of terror in the NFC North. Sadly the last NCAA Football for PC was 1997 or so, urgh. So I'm one of those Madden nerds.
For defense in NCAA 2012 I eventually regulated myself to taking control of Will Campbell and just mashing the bullrush button or switching the game into the mode where I only call the players. If you leave your own LBs to the AI, you get the super LB interception thing as well.
Regarding the PS3 vs XBox comment, my NCAA 2012 had a whole series of buggy crashes at loading scenes, my friends with XBoxs reported fewer loading screen crashes, but said they had a lot of crashes in player creation modes. I think it is buggy no matter what platform you're on.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Yeah, the big problem is||
Yeah, the big problem is while nothing EA does is particulary good (well the graphics are nicely polished), it's 10s of millions of dollars to get the features that EA has. I keep hoping some indie studio will just release a football game featuring entirely fictional teams and then slowly refine it until their sales let them buy the NCAA license, but it likely means years of playing something that looks like Minecraft.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||We need an excitement level||
We need an excitement level for "This will be the guy who appears to stick around for 7 years and trots out everytime someone is shaken up." He even has the name for it.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Hello smile that will haunt||
Hello smile that will haunt my dreams for the next week.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||The Issue||
The issue is the usage of the planes. The planes are supposed to be used for the purpose of saving state officials time and the tax payers money since an air shuttle to the UP is cheaper than driving if you fill the plane up.
MSU Atheltics and such are supposed to have access to the planes moreso when they're not in use as a way of helping MDOT generate some kind of revenue off the equipment they purchased. However there are allegations that MSU was using the aircraft as their own private aircraft pool and in turn costing the taxpayers money. As an example, MSU reserves the plane for a recruiting trip and thus some state official has to drive (which costs more than the flight and of course the state eats the costs since the official expense reports his driving costs). Plus you also have to factor in the time cost. Having some high level policy maker from Treasury sitting in traffic on I-96 and accomplishing nothing is potentially much more expensive than having the WR coach of a college do the same. Part of this of course would be MDOT's fault as they should have only rented out the planes when they were available, but it may be the case some MDOT official happens to have a really awesome season ticket package to Spartan Stadium or something of that nature.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||I'm hoping we did our due||
I'm hoping we did our due diligence in that area and saw some standarized test scores or pre ECA highschool work. This National Connections company appears to have a clean record so far, but they only started in 2011, so they don't have much of a record period.
The big fear is that you can train someone to pass the SAT/ACT without actually teaching them study habits and other things that might not be obvious until their second year of college. It needs to be a legit online program, not just 4 years of standarized test prep.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||They were denied entry to the||
They were denied entry to the Maryland athletic association for highschools due to concerns over if academics or football ran the school. Also about the number of out of state athletes on a Maryland team. When word got around ECA had failed to obtain state sanction, everyone cancelled on them.
When ECA was founded it was a football program partnered with this nationwide online highschool, so you didn't get a ECA degree, you got one from this online highschool and ECA was purely sports. This year they're changing it up so future graduates with get an ECA diploma and the online highschool is just the service provider. Basically there never was any concern over the academics of the online highschool but rather what exactly ECA was.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I'm not sure if it is a||
I'm not sure if it is a backup plan so much as putting a big emphasis on SMSB and other camps. Assuming it is Tranquill, all three of our commits this weekend are folks whose stock rose coming out of SMSB. Stribling last year recieved his offer after attending a Michigan camp. Tranquill had a good camp and supposedly also drew some ND interest.
It is getting the word that the Michigan staff is willing to shift their priority and offers up based on camp performances. It's good for us because it ensures a steady crop of "sleepers" will be eager to come to our camps and hope for an offer. I say "sleepers", because Stribling aside, most of our diamonds in the rough are 3*s who camp and just end up looking like 4 * to 4.5* star players so they draw an offer. Also might help nudge some of those other guys into committing before they get displaced by a camp performance.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Everytime I drove through I'd||
Everytime I drove through I'd look at the board and think "Well it's looking pretty bad, but I'll reserve judgement until it is finished." I expected there to be finishes around the pillars and between the pillars and the board, as opposed to exposed steel girders and cable sheathing. Damn thing just ends up looking like we ran out of money halfway through.
I think what rustles my jimmies is one of the good parts of Martin's tenure was there was a clear vision for what the athletic campus would look like and older buildings were systemically being redone to fit that vision. This thing is a step back from that, like you said loud and crass.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||In person it is ugly||
I see the marquee everyday on my drive and it looks like complete crap. Now instead of getting a nice view of the athletic complex as you come over the bridge on Stadium, your eye is drawn to the big glowing eyesore. Plus it blocks the south endzone of the Big House from view.
It's complete overkill for what it accomplishes as well, advertising solely to people driving on Stadium and whatever we use it for during home football games and basketball games. You could have had a pair of ground level signs on either side of the road that would accomplish the same thing without destroying a nice view and looking like ass in the process.
The billboard might also work better if more had been done to incorporate it into the feel of the complex. Crisler looks very nice, the stadium has lovely brick work, but this billboard is just four concrete pilings set at an odd angle relative to all the other architectural lines of the athletic complex. I think at the end of the day it is a bit big and then the fact it is so poorly worked into the rest of the area it ends up appearing as a huge eyesore. Rather than looking like it belongs it, it looks like when we bought the new stadium jumbrotrons, Brandon got a buy 2 get 1 free deal and just kind of tossed the free one up on on Stadium without giving it much thought.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||There were definitely some||
There were definitely some rumors about off the field issues with Woods, but nothing was ever confirmed as far as I know.
Of course what we can hope for is Meyer to pull the same thing and favor a Florida recruit or one of his 'kids' over a Glenville kid and burn some bridges.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||LTT has definitely slimmed||
LTT has definitely slimmed down. At the Spring Game he was in pads and next to Bars on the sideline. LTT looked like a lanky walk-on and when Kalis walked by, LTT looked even scrawnier. I'd say the redshirt is a lock because he's going to need time in the weight room to get that mass back. That being said, even in his slimmed down shape, his height and wingspan, wow. LTT will be an excellent datapoint to judge Funk and the S&C staff by in a few years I think.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Yeah, you have to make it to||
Yeah, you have to make it to the post season to find out you can't 'out execute' USC. It's a moot point when you're 3-8 or some team from Mississippi is throttling the life out of you in a midlevel bowl.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||7.5 million per year in terms||
7.5 million per year in terms of the cap hit, keeps him with Detroit until 2017. It's a big chunk of 64 million cap, but I think it is a good deal. Post 2017 I'd likely become more concerned of the oppturnity cost of keeping Pavel around. As amazing as he is, you don't want to cut a young guy who can give you a decade of production just for a year or two more of Pavel.
Capgeek has the hit at 7,666,667 a year.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Denard||
Denard is an oddity in that I miss Denard as a person and a player, yet I also hope never to see someone like Denard line up at quarterback again. It's an odd dynamic, one moment you're thinking "We are so lucky to have this kind of playmaking ability at quarterback." Four plays later I'm thinking "Someone get Navarre on the phone and see if he still has his deep ball and any eligiblity left."
At the end of the day, Denard himself showed the potential glory of the spread'n'shred style of offense, the fact we relied on him so much led us to seeing more of his flaws than we might have in other eras when he would have had a larger offensive supporting cast to work with (and highlighted some of the recruiting issues we were having for awhile).
I suppose I never want to see Michigan Football in a situation where we must demand so much production from one player ever again.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Personally I think emphasis||
Personally I think emphasis on winning might be poorly worded. I think it tends to break down into players who want the rockstar treatment in college (hostesses, instant starter, center of attention on campus, etc) and those who focus on the kind of achievements that get you a solid NFL gig.
One of my high school teammates actually had a bit of a NFL career (journeyman style thing) and now works as a recruiting adviser, one of the interesting things he said was the rookie salary cap has changed recruiting. Before the cap a top player could ride a wave of hype into a 60 million dollar contract (2/3s of it guaranteed money, etc) so the team really wanted to get a return on their investment, now the NFL franchise has at most a few million tied up in you and if you are a problem, they can always just cut you and go sign a replacement FA.
According to him it is more important than ever to be able to sit down with a NFL scout or coach and pull out a highlight reel that shows you progressing and gaining skills in a pro style system, which shows the team they want to take you and invest in your continued development. Basically now with the team less invested in you capwise you need to do more to sell them on your ceiling. He figures that this is going to result in players clustering around certain college teams whose staff have a proven track record not just of getting you drafted but also making you a player the NFL Team will want to continue to develop.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Meyer almost crying seems a||
Meyer almost crying seems a bit fishy, you have to be used to hearing no from recruits by the time you reach Meyer's level. I'm sure at his non-BCS jobs he was told no frequently. Of course maybe his assistant had been lying to save face ("No, no, Urbs we're in a great spot with KC, let me just work on him a little more." aka the Jay Hopson method of recruiting) or Urban was just having a bad day.
I can't really fault a kid for telling a coach to pound sand. I had some teammates go through the recruiting process and they were just midranked kids who went to the ACC and Big East, but even those coaches were cling, stalkers, or hyper aggressive salesmen (sometimes all three). The only way to really get the concept of NO across to the coaches was to burn bridges.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I think the Lions would be||
I think the Lions would be wise to at least have one eye on the coaching pool. For awhile the Lions had their whole "defense commits dumb penalties/is Suh a dirty player?" drama going on. That's been improving, but then the Titus Young thing happened. Not to mention the Lion's failure to come to terms with Avril (he took less money and fewer years to go to Seattle because it seems he wanted out of Detroit). There is something not quite right and there may be another shoe yet to drop. I'd keep the coaching candidates list up to date if I ran the Lions.
I definitely agree no college coaches, but I'm not that sold on the current staff being able to keep the team from imploding.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Given how many college kids||
Given how many college kids are willing to burn 25% of their eligibilty or a redshirt just to get away from him, I can't imagine Kelly having success in a league where there are such things as free agency and holding out.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Well there is moving and then||
Well there is moving and then there is 'moving'. Plenty of cases where the player suddenly moves in with a grandparent, uncle, etc who lives one or two school districts over, which means the recruit tosses some clothing in his uncle's spare room and claims to have moved. Also richer parents might purchase a second home which is basically a lot with a potting shed on it and use that address so they can claim they moved.
Normally one of the exceptions for moving (there are 8 in Michigan) aren't that hard to prove and basically just a check to prove you're not school district shopping. It also prevents high schools from recruiting kids and assembling dream teams, in high school this is actually a bit of a safety concern given how a team of BCS recruits could chew up a lesser program prettly easily and do some damage in the process.
Most parents seem to move while the kid is in middle school or 9th grade (if their kid shows talent and they want him in a specific program), so the high school coaches that recruit still have to gamble a bit and you have busts that help keep the program somewhat in check. What you don't want is all the manchildren relocated to create an all senior dream team. Some weaker school that has to start underclassmen would end up with a dead kid.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I think Jackson is less of a||
I think Jackson is less of a stretch post Peppers. Supposedly Jackson's interest is picking up and he talks to Peppers frequently. What likely needs to happen is for Hand for commit, which will create more hype and a higher projected ceiling for the program. If Hand commits while Jackson is still fairly open minded, I think we're in a good spot.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||You lose players here and||
You lose players here and there, it happens. Any large group of people will contain those who dislike the current arrangement of the group and opt to strike out on their own. However at some point when you have this much top talent jilting you on NSD, leaving after a year, or not showing in the Fall, you have to question the coaching staff there.
Although I suppose Kelly bought himself a few more years when he traded on ND's name to win the honor of being Alabama's chew toy for four quarters.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Definitely, we had problems||
Definitely, we had problems in the secondary due to the Countess injury and the Floyd suspension, but beyond that we matched well. The offense did well aside from the interior line problems that had been an issue all season.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I feel the whole competitve||
I feel the whole competitve scene is there to force you to buy new expansions (thus cash flow) and the older expansions are outlawed simply because Wizard of the Coast was too lazy to take the effort and ensure broken combos didn't emerge by combining cards across various editions. I have Ice Age, Homelands, and The Dark cards in my deck and if you don't like it, feel free to pick your cards up and go to another table. Just be careful my Shivan doesn't bit your ass on your way out.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Enh||
It just reads together like some pieced together human interest story that AnnArbor.com spit out as click bait for content hungry football fans. No new information, no new source material to discuss Gardner's progress, etc. Just the standard "this season is important/just having fun out there/etc". I'll second the all bark, no bite. The author clearly has some writing chops but needs to deliver content to go with it.
And as a pet peeve, "It goes without saying, but I'm going to say it anyways" is not the best way to phrase things, ever (and I say this being a former offender in this category).
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I get the same, then I||
I get the same, then I destroy them with my red/bue control/burn deck (plus all flying creatures so I can use things like Earthquake and Mudslid with impunity). Once my status as alpha geek has been reaffirmed they must bow down and listen to me talk about how our All American left tackle got a pig.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I'm seeing more of Tang Wei||
I'm seeing more of Tang Wei as my go to choice for this. If you haven't seen Lust, Caution by Ang Lee, treat yourself and watch it this weekend. Tang Wei was banned by the state media organization for her nudity in it. Plus its historical, so you can tell your wife you're only watching it for the history! Beside Lucy Lui has been complaining about getting stereotyped into Asian only roles.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Hey, Daddy's Nonworking||
Hey, Daddy's Nonworking Snowblower is a step in the direction of Daddy's Toy Car.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Rutgers said they'd capture a||
Rutgers said they'd capture a media market and they're being true to their word. Sadly we're not getting NYC, we're getting the "I can't believe those morons said it" section of the morning shows media market.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||First off, what is the state||
First off, what is the state of the Civic beside the transmission? Its engine, suspension, general interior condition, mileage, etc. You're getting shit for resale out of a 12 year old Civic as is, at this point the only question is if you can get the value of a replacement transmission out of car before something else major breaks. Not whether it is worth more than the car or not. You might want to consult with a mechanic about that.
Secondly I strongly recommend GM and Hyundai. Those are the two companies I am aware of that will provide a significant warranty on a used vehicle. With a GM product the warranty transfers with the car, if you you buy a 3 year old car that had a 5 year a warranty, you get two years of warrant. With Hyundai I believe you have to go through the Hyundai dealer for a ceritified preowner one. I'm a big fan of buying something with some warranty left and beating the hell out of to get any weak parts replaced prior to the warranty expiring.
Beyond that if you want to buy something and run it into the ground, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, GM, and Ford are all valid options. The big common factor is that their parts and repairs are normally fairly cheap due to parts commonality and how common their cars are. Your exact repair bill will vary of course, in part based on how you threated it and how the first owner treated it. The magazines that rank cost of ownerships provide a guide, but of course they're looking at aggregate data, you always run the list of getting the lemon.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Honestly Louisville's medical||
Honestly Louisville's medical center (and its history) is solid. The rest of the school is pretty much a tire fire of academic failure. However with Jonh Hopkins linking up, maybe Lousville's medical center looks less attractive in terms of the research dollars part of expansion.
As Maize and Blue Wahoo says, Rutgers has been aspiring to medoicrity forever. If Lousvile had a credible plan to continue to build their academics up, they'd be a valid option. After all they're managed to rebound from Petrino leaving.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Welcome Johns Hopkins||
Welcome Johns Hopkins lacrosse. Well really we want to welcome your vast stockpile of medical research dollars into the CiC, but it's just gauche (or shall I say Gee-esque?) to say that.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Thanks, I'll definitely pick||
Thanks, I'll definitely pick that up. I've been watching depressing homemade documentaries on public health in rural China for awhile. Switching over to less depressing book stuff might be a good idea.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I was looking over Chai's||
I was looking over Chai's work and it is really impressive. She has all kinds of notes, leaked documents from high level sources, lots of research, etc. Yet ultimately she's going to produce a public health/social science monograph, some 400 to 500 page tome intended primarily for other academics where everything is distilled down to data and theory. I'm trying to convice her to let me just use her notes and research to create a 200 to 300 page novelized version of it. Sort of historical fiction, but of course it isn't really history since it is happening now. Change names, dates, etc and create some composite characters to make things more accessible.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||To be honest I was kind of||
To be honest I was kind of vague about the rural areas, because I don't want some security officer to stumble across this piece, go pull reports from specific police stations, and get the full picture. A good way to put this is, some of the smaller towns we visited are like Ann Arbor or Jackson, they are varying distances from the main city but are on a train line. They're semidecent. From those towns you get on buses or minibuses and spend hours moving between really small farming villages on shitty roads. Guizhou is about 68,000 square miles, compared to say Ohio at 45,000 square miles and Michigan at 58,000 square miles. Normally we'd travel for half a day between villages, with the time increasing or decreasing based on road quality.
One of the big things with Chinese security is unless you piss off the really high level guys like you mentioned, its mostly on per province basis. For example in some other provinces Chai can interview people without any issues from security. In those provinces the local governments have cut deals with the activists (building hospitals, medical stipends, etc) so they aren't concerned over social unrest. Guizhou is too poor to pay people off, so instead they unleash the hounds on you, but Guizhou security just made sure we got on the plane for Shanghai and then declared their job done because we were no longer in their hair.
Another interesting story I heard was about Chen Guangcheng, the blind activity who fled to the American Embassy in Beijing. He worked out a pretty good deal with the Chinese authorities, but he didn't demand his family be relocated, which I was told was a dumb move. Chen had a deal with the Central Government, which the people I talked with said the central government would likely honor since they just want Chen to go away and get out of the news cycle. However Chen had previously offended his provinicial leadership, so the moment he returned home the locals started up with the abuse again because they didn't consider themselves bound by any kind of deal the central government made. Chen ended up having to flee to America and his family back in that province is still targetted by security even today. Chen may have been better off just gets everyone relocated to Beijing where the security forces wouldn't have it in for him.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||OSU is just trying to||
OSU is just trying to strangle Cincy while it is still in the crib, just like we tried to strangle MSU in the 1940s.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||As just one little addition,||
As just one little addition, today I pulled up the Asian News and the leading story is how in Hong Kong, a brand new building didn't have safe plumbing, so Starbucks was getting the water from a bathroom in another building (link). That's a bit shocking in that Western chains are normally considered safer to eat at since their corporate rules are more stringent.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||You're right, I asked the||
You're right, I asked the wife. I managed to turn when he met us at the end of the jetway to help with the carryons into the baggage caurosels somehow. I blame the fact I cannot sleep on planes so after O'Hara to Pudong, I'm spacey to say the least.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Honestly shoving the cop||
Honestly shoving the cop didn't really take a lot of balls. The deal is if you act like you're above the law, people assume you are above the law. It's like the guy with the GLK and no plates, as long as you look rich and assertive, the cops will assume you are untouchable.
Plus low level cops really hate paperwork, this old guy caused a two bus accident when he grabbed the steering wheel and his punishment was education on why you can't do that. Supposedly the cops weren't even going to do even that until it went viral.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||After graduating, I've worked||
After graduating, I've worked multiple places at Michigan, although never the Athletic Department, and regardless of state law it is damn near impossible to get fired from this place. First off it takes a lot of effort to commit an offense that gets you a formal letter in your file. About the only ways to really get fired fast are privact act violations since they open the University to expensive lawsuits.
Beyond that, first you need to commit an offense worth writing you up over. It normally takes a lot of effort to commit such an offense and even if you commit it, it takes a boatload of paperwork to write you up for it. After that you need to have all kinds of meetings about a plan of action to ensure this doesn't happen again, better aligning your work policies with those of your supervisor, etc. If the offense happens again a lot of times you don't even get fired, just a higher level of HR steps in. Other times the employee will preemptive run off to HR and ask for extra training to perform their job, which means they get a second, third, fourth, or even fifth chance while they undergo more training.
Eventually of course you can be fired, how in most cases it is easier to make the person's job unpleasant enough they quit or go elsewhere in the University (move their office, reorganize your unit a little and give them unpleasant duties, etc). Or you just don't apply to get their posistion refunded if they're term based. I've been in situations where it took us months to get someone out the door. Depending on how good an employee is they can linger forever if they play their cards right.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||I might know a friend to ask||
I might know a friend to ask to write that one. Really to do that one properly you need two people, as there generally seem to be two camps. One is that South Korea is an excellent example of Asian values with a dash of Western culture and capitalism. Others think it is still a rather sexist place due to Confucian values (where a woman is expected to give up her career once the baby arrives). I know people who think both ways, have to convince them to do a dueling editorial.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||I exchanged a few letters||
I exchanged a few letters with the girl, but then her parents moved and we've lost touch. China Post is unreliable to begin with most of the time.
As for the movies, I had a new Airbus with the LED screen and the movies were free. They had maybe 60 movies to pick from and watch over the flight.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||I will have to research this.||
I will have to research this. Of course I think the board is getting a make over this summer, so the HOF might go away entirely.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||North Korea is problematic in||
North Korea is problematic in that the current Kim running the place seems eager to grab Americans and use them as leverage when dealing with America. I'll mention something to my wife, but no promises, she can't believe I take the time to write these and people take the time to read them.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||They are visible if you click||
They are visible if you click on the Korean Inlaws tag. I haven't been deleting anything that I know of.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||The fact he reworded that||
The fact he reworded that apology is good for us though. It means he didn't do something a supervisor told him to do, so Brandon has something to point at to support firing him.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||It's what happens when after||
It's what happens when after rereading the body and reworking the body multiple times, you get lazy on proofreading your intro paragraph.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Douglas Ditmar||
A quick check of Douglas Ditmar reveals his past job was "Ditmar Furniture", which according to Yelp is closed and when I called the number it was disconnected.
Spend more time paying attention to business and less time stalking kids, dumbass. Also, Mr Ditmar, thank you for ensure that Harris will never consider flipping to MSU. Can I email you a link to Marshall's Twitter feed so you can continue to work that magic of yours?
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Two people have already||
Two people have already posted a link to this on Keller William's main page. I was surfing around for a Grand Rapids page but I have yet to find one.
Edit here we go:
Now the best part of this is *drum roll*, Keller Williams for N Ohio and Michigan is based in Ann Arbor! No wonder Ditmar has a stick up his ass, he'll spend the rest of his career at KW taking orders from a guy or gal in Ann Arbor.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Plus on that side of the||
Plus on that side of the state, such behavior will win him a lot of clients. He's going to the King of the west side trailer park market if this exchange goes public.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||If PSU ever joins a lawsuit||
If PSU ever joins a lawsuit against the NCAA, definitely give them the death penalty. Right now though the people suing the NCAA are just the Paterno family and assorted Paterno cultists. The day after this lawsuit is laughed out of court, the NCAA should announce it is expunging the name Paterno from its history. His name, his voice, his image, nothing showing Paterno can be used by PSU or appear in any NCAA publication. That would be an excellent middle finger to the Paterno clan.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Yes||
That's the really stupid thing. Everyone at PSU wanted the Freeh report to come back and say how PSU wasn't covering up, had no way of knowing that Sandusky was a rapist, PSU had limited liability here, etc. It's not like when he was a Regent, Dave Brandon, would have comissioned a report to destroy Michigan football.
Instead the Freeh Report came back and said "You are in deep shit, go plea bargain with the NCAA." Somehow in the minds of morons this turns into some conspiracy where the Illumanti infilitrated the PSU Board of Regents just to destroy Paterno. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised given how the Paterno cultists viewed Joe as the next messiah.
It looks like the Paternos are just going to keep trying to push the report they paid for as the truly unbiased one and now they're going to try to use lawyers to make it the report of historical record. Nothing can change that the Freeh report was paid for by the school to discover the true extent of their liability, while the Paterno report was paid for with family funds to clear their patriarch's name. Only one of those actually appears bias free.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||I assume so. One of my||
I assume so. One of my neighbors has a Vietnamese pot belly pig.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Fuck Boar. Although that||
Fuck Boar. Although that doesn't sound as classy as Slocum's Fuck Lion.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||The sleeper suggest seems||
The sleeper suggest seems reasonable. If you look at the depth chart in terms of young blood we have one RS Freshman and two true freshman as pure RBs. We also have a whole handful of utility back type folks and full backs that we could sub in if the injury bug strikes. It seems like a good year to take a sleeper or a guy who possibly projects to multiple posistions. With Smith likely redshirting and of course Green onboard, some of the talent out there is going to be reluctant to come onboard.
I'd imagine we're not going to say no to top talent at RB, but right now I'd have to think the coaches are spending more time going after people like Hand, getting Derrick Green 2.0 onboard is more of a 2015 thing. Likely Hillman or perhaps another Rawls type, regional guy with decent ratings from a program we want to maintain good ties with.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Well||
BBQ at the Big House is a yearly event.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Hmmm||
Three-time team captain, Kirk Cousins is currently considered one of the most successful quarterbacks in Michigan State University history...
He's a career backup and never set foot in the Rose Bowl. Low standards!
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Agreed. If we'd hired her to||
Agreed. If we'd hired her to replace Martin, this would be less of a story. MSC could say "I believe she's a changed person and will of course monitor the athletic department." We have a strong president and regents (plus no history of player abuse) so it would be credible. I wouldn't be happy about it, but I would believe that MSC could monitor the AD. Rutgers has no credibility.
It's also like a bad sign that the AD isn't denying it or coming clean, but rather than saying "I do not recall". The non denial tends to suggest that shit can still flow further downhill.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Come on Rutgers. I mean,||
Come on Rutgers. I mean, really? You just had to toss a coach and the AD for this kind of shit, and you hire her? I'm sure there are two sides to every story, but considering the reason Rutgers was hiring in the first place, they should avoid anything involving abusing players like the plague. I'm sure lots of schools beside Louisville have assistant ADs who qualify and didn't lose a wrongful termination lawsuit or have their players express a vote of no confidence in a public letter.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||It's cool guys, the Debt||
It's cool guys, the Debt Turtles and Scarlet Scandals are totally going to expland our geographic footprint and capture markets.
By the way it was made clear to Rutgers they joined the B1G, not the SEC, right?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||It's also a fairly common||
It's also a fairly common offense. At Michigan one of the reasons there is a push for digital submission of assignments is they can be archived and scanned. An extremely common offense is reusing a friend's material if they took the class a term before you did. So everything you submit is digitized and automatically scanned against everything else that is submitted (not to mention the stuff in JStor, Hathi Trust, etc). So now we can catch people who share weekly reading summaries and things like that.
That said, the punishment for paragraph lifting and the like is a year of academic probation. You have to already be on probition or commit an absurdly stupid level of plagarism to get expelled. Like print an entire off JStor and submit it as your own level stupid. Or if you piss off a prof and he makes a personal vendetta to boot you, that might mess things up. My wife would normally refer around three students a term to Academic Standards, normally it just failure of the class and a year in the doghouse.
One year she had the wonder morons, where roommates, one who was in her Tuesday section and one who was in her Wednesday section, submitted the same weekly reading summary thinking she wouldn't notice for some reason.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||NDNation:||
"Can anyone think of a worse offseason?"
How quickly Declan Sullivan and Matt James are forgotten when you lose your starting QB it seems.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Weis||
Kelly looks like he's going to take this program to a level that the Domers might miss Weis. As awful as Weis was on gameday, his tenure was implosion free. All Kelly has on Weis, is Weis lead ND to an ass kicking by a SEC program in a lesser BCS bowl than Kelly did.